HealthLeaders Media Marketing Weekly - September 1, 2010 | Three Reasons to Market Your ED Wait Times
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Three Reasons to Market Your ED Wait Times
Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media

I know it's only September, but I'm going to call it now: Advertising emergency room wait times via billboard, website, smartphone application, or text is the healthcare marketing trend that will define 2010. The marketing tactic began years ago, but has recently increased in momentum with the availability of customizable smartphone apps. Chances are if you aren't marketing your ED wait times already, you're planning to or at least thinking about it. But is it a worthwhile marketing tactic? Yes. Here are three reasons why. [Read More]
  September 1, 2010


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Sutter Health Physician Data Available Via Mobile App
Sutter Health's 24 hospitals and its network of 4,700 physicians in Northern California have teamed up with iTriage, a mobile phone application that provides patients with data about doctors and nearby hospitals. "This app tool [for the iPhone and Droid phones] is a way patients can search for the care they need," said Jeff Burnich, MD, an internist and senior vice president and executive officer of the Sutter Medical Network of Sutter Health. Through the app, potential patients can see a doctor's board certification or practice specialty, hours and office addresses, languages spoken, medical training and degrees, affiliations and referral networks, whether he or she accepts new patients, what health plans are accepted, and a photo. Creating an app like this seems like a great way to market your physicians in a way that patients may associate your organization with adopting of new technology. [Read More]
Baltimore newspaper reports on hospital CEOs salaries, extravagances
Non-profit Baltimore hospitals PR departments may be working overtime this week. The Baltimore Sun recently reported that most of the city's hospital CEOs earn seven-figure salaries and are rewarded with other extravagances, such as club memberships and yacht trips. The Sun analyzed 27 Baltimore-area hospital and health system CEOs' compensation packages using the 990H forms they must file with the Internal Revenue Service each tax season. To combat this negative publicity, Baltimore hospital marketers should consider publicizing any charitable work their CEOs do. [Read More]
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